We began our 2009 Election Preview on Friday with a look at some of the more exciting races in Niagara County. Today we'll lay out our predictions for the contested county legislature races.
District 1 - Richard A. Marasco defeats incumbent Jason Murgia.
District 2 - Renae Kimble is unopposed.
District 3 - Jason Cafarella is unopposed.
District 4 - Incumbent Dennis Virtuoso defeats Mark Onesi.
District 5 - Vince Sandonato defeats Nick Melson in the battle for retiring Sean O'Connor's seat.
District 6 - Danny Sklarski is unopposed.
District 7 - Jerry Farnham defeats challenger Roger Chenez.
District 8 - Incumbent Bill Ross beats Robert Collins.
District 9 - Russ Rizzo defeats Chris Perna in the battle for Andrea McNulty's seat.
District 10 - Incumbent Pete Smolinski beats Katie Rich.
District 11 - Paul Wojtaszek is unopposed.
District 12 - John Ceretto beats challenger Dan Antonucci.
District 13 - Clyde Burmaster is unopposed.
District 14 - Kyle Andrews is unopposed.
District 15 - Incumbent Tony Nemi handles Scott Stopa.
District 16 - Keith McNall is unopposed.
District 17 - Rick Updegrove is unopposed.
District 18 - John Syracuse is unopposed.
District 19 - Mike Hill is unopposed.
The county legislature should come out of this year's elections with the same 14-5 majority for the GOP, meaning no gains for the Dems.
This consistent inability of Niagara County Dem Chairman Dan Rivera to make substantive inroads into the Republican's majority in the legislature, coupled with what will likely be huge losses in North Tonawanda, Lewiston and Wheatfield, could mean the end for Rivera.